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Tennessee beat Washington 25-16 to improve to 9
It wasn’t easy for the Tennessee Titans Josh Doctson Jersey , but they earned a big win today.Despite an injury to starting quarterback Marcus Mariota, with one game left in the season. Mariota suffered a stinger just before halftime, left the game and did not return. Backup Blaine Gabbert came in and acquitted himself nicely, actually playing better overall in the second half than Mariota played in the first half.The other backup quarterback in the game, Washington’s Josh Johnson, played reasonably well for a guy who arrived off the street after Alex Smith and Colt McCoy both suffered injuries. Johnson is certainly better than the quarterback he supplanted, Mark Sanchez, but Johnson also threw a very costly and ill-advised interception late in the fourth quarter. Johnson also threw a pick-six on the last play of the game, although that was no worse than an incompletion.Washington running back Adrian Peterson was a bright spot for the offense. He topped 100 rushing yards for the game and 1,000 yards for the season, making him just the fifth player in NFL history to have a 1,000-yard season after turning 33 years old.Although Washington isn’t out of it, at 7-8 the playoffs are very unlikely. Tennessee, meanwhile, is in very good position to earn a playoff berth. It’s quite likely that Tennessee and Indianapolis Su’a Cravens Jersey , which meet in Week 17, will be playing for the AFC’s final wild card spot. The only question is whether it will be Mariota or Gabbert leading the Titans. With Alex Smith recovering from last season’s severe leg injury, Washington is heading into the season with Case Keenum and Colt McCoy as the two quarterbacks on the roster.Given the uncertainty about Smith’s future and the fact that neither of the other quarterbacks fit the bill as a player to build around for the future, there’s been some speculation about whether the team will draft a quarterback in the first round.Head coach Jay Gruden didn’t rule that out when asked about the possibility during this week’s league meetings, but he also didn’t make it sound like anything close to a sure thing. Gruden said “you can’t reach for the quarterback of the future” and suggested that the team won’t be willing to put up with any growing pains from a young player.“There is no developmental process here. This is not Triple-A baseball where we’re trying to develop a pitcher here,” Gruden said, via the team’s website. “We’re trying to win a game right now. If we feel like we draft a quarterback in the first, second, third or seventh round and he’s going to start Day 1, we expect great things from him and the players will expect great things from him. Ryan Kerrigan is not expecting us to come out and just build for the future; we’ve got to win now. Josh Norman, same way. Landon Collins didn’t come here to be good in 2034. They came here to be good and compete and win a Super Bowl this year. So whoever that player is, that position of quarterback, high expectations for us from us. That’s the way it’s going to be.”Patrick Mahomes‘ success with the Chiefs has had the Giants and others cite the “Kansas City model” as one to follow at quarterback, but the Chiefs were coming off a playoff berth when they selected Mahomes. Winning now for Washington will likely require more immediate contributions from their first-round pick and that may lead them elsewhere unless they think there’s a sure thing for their starting lineup.

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